True Confession: By the end of Season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow I was done. The show was uneven – one minute they’re screaming about protecting the timeline, the next they’re “saving” someone with no regard to the timeline. The acting went from good (Wentworth Miller) to awful (Ciara Renée and anyone acting with her, Arthur Darvill). Rip Hunter (Darvill) was the worst captain in the history of TV, and so on, and then they killed Captain Cold/Leonard Snart (Miller) and I was DONE.
But the hubs was not. And, since Supergirl was moving to the CW and the prospect of crossovers between the Berlanti Superhero Factory ™ loomed, I decided to see if the changes they’ve made to the show improved it.
OMG, yes, they did.
First off, Wentworth Miller’s Captain Cold is now showing up randomly in all four of the shows (he hasn’t come in to each of them yet, but we’re promised that he will) and that means more Miller for me so I’ll accept it.
Next, the show dumped the worst characters – Kendra/Hawk Girl, Hawkman, and, at least so far, Rip Hunter, who’s oh so thankfully MIA and I hope remains gone for the entire season. The poorly conceived and badly working Stop Vandal Savage storyline is done and not coming back, and the remaining Legends are now focused on trying to fix time anomalies, which is more interesting than trying to find one dude in history.
This leaves us White Canary/Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), The Atom/Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Firestorm/Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), Heatwave/Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), and their sentient ship, Gideon. Joining them this season is historian Nate Heywood (Nick Zano) who becomes Citizen Steel. Adding in early in the season is Vixen/Amaya Jiwe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), who joins from one of their time jumps and sticks around because she’s after the same person the Legends are after – a time jumper who’s messing with things in a very bad way.
The new mix-up of the Legends means better storytelling and more time for the actors to shine. All of them feel like they’re better actors now than they did to me in Season 1 and the new team members are positive additions, versus deadweight dragging the show down.
The overarching storyline is also better than Season 1’s. The Legends are be-bopping all over, spotting anomalies, trying to find what happened to Rip, trying to fix damages done. We also have crossover villains – Reverse Flash/Eobard Thawn (Matt Letscher) and Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) from The Flash and Arrow respectively – and they’re causing issues in time and are both more interesting than Vandal Savage ever was.
Legends is still not the greatest show in history, and it’s the weakest of the Berlanti block in no small part because time travel appears to be hard to do well and consistently. When I am forced to say that the Star Trek TOS episode “City at the Edge of Forever” is still one of the best time travel shows done, and that episode was first aired in 1967, you know that Legends isn’t quite up to what it should be.
However, if you can ignore the time anomalies that the Legends themselves are creating (and, so far, in this season I can do so far more easily than I could in Season 1), and you’re up for a time-hopping adventure romp, Legends of Tomorrow could be for you. You don’t need to have seen Season 1, or even any of the shows prior to whenever you want to jump in (November 28th starts a 4-show crossover that begins on Supergirl, so if you’re just considering joining the team, that week is probably where to start) – the opening credits catch you up all you’ll need. Just do what the Legends do – enjoy the ride and don’t worry about the science.
Rating: 3.5 Stars